Dr. Mary Ann East, Artistic Director

Mary Ann East (DMA, Boston University; MM, George Mason University; BME, Indiana University) has taught music to ages 3-93.  A former Fairfax County music teacher, and adjunct faculty at GMU for 15 years, she is currently music director at Community of Faith UMC in Herndon, VA, owner of Monarch Music Studio for private vocal and piano instruction, co-founder and artistic director of Capital Harmonia, and the Program Director for Sentimental Journey Singers, a chorus for singer with dementia and their care partners,  for Encore Creativity for Older Adults.

Mary Ann believes that music can be a vehicle for empowerment, allowing musicians to discover and express their true selves gaining confidence and a sense of accomplishment.  Music is also a powerful catalyst for change in our society, providing a platform for ALL voices to be heard.